Even if the country were to descend into widespread unrest, it wouldn’t look like the unrest of 50 years ago. One month into 1968, the Vietnamese celebrated their new year and the Viet Cong launched its Tet Offensive. The chief of the South Vietnamese national police was photographed executing a captured Viet Cong officer, horrifying viewers across the world. Communist forces rapidly overran most of Hue, and hundreds of U.S. Marines were killed taking it back over the following month.
2017 is worse. I was in college in 1968, taking part in anti-war demonstrations like a good, naive 18 year old. Only a tiny portion on the left were seriously talking violent revolution. The hatred level on the left today is much more wide-spread and virulent.
By the way, a majority of American college students in those days were FOR America´s involvement in South Vietnam. Only a few rabble rousing punks, mostly in elitist schools, were violently opposed to the "Democrat´s war."
"1968" might be likened to an acute illness which over a period of time abated and ended.
Perhaps some seeds of an undetected irritant was now in the system. For years it has been metastasizing.
There´ve been some symptoms here and there, a cough, and ache, a fever...
And then one day you end up in the doc´s office; he does some tests; and there it is: a cancer has spread throughout the body.
The Gramscian "March through the Institutions" has festered and germinated.
Back in 1968 the breakdown of the traditional family unit was picking up speed; the sexual revolution was opening up the ways and means to careless disregard for life and for faithfulness; and civic spirit or the sense of Community (not the commune) was weakening.
Civic knowledge was becoming shallower; love of Country was becoming just so unfashionable.
This is why i think our condition is so much worse and so perilous.
Fortunately we have non-traditional media, like an MRI that can penetrate the surface and expose the truth. Then we MUST deal with the truth.
No, it will not be 1968. If anything, it will be much much worse. This is the first time in my lifetime that supporters of a party have been targeted for violence by Leftists. Even in 1968, they knew better than to do that.
Leftists, your chickens have come home to roost. Better get ready for the adults to deal with them. Chicken plucking is not for sissies.
Something else to keep in mind: The rioters, bombers and others condoning and advocating the violence back then are now running or at least heavily influencing the universities, media and Democrat Party.
I remember reading that Obie´s Best Friend, Bill Ayres, is already working with the Resistance. He was violent in the 1960s and since that time has bragged that he is "guilty as sin, free as a bird". I expect him to stay true to his roots.
Reasoning minds may differ, but I come down on the "2017 is worse than 1968" side.
I was a university student in 1968. In those days, 2 people with differing opinions could sit down and debate issues over an expresso. No hollering or name-calling, just debate. Afterwards, both people would shake hands and be on their way. Just because you disagreed with me did not make you a bad person - you just were a person with different beliefs.
I agree with #5, but they’re off a few years. It’s like 1861. After a contentious and violent campaign, Lincoln had to sneak into DC for his inauguration. He faced a Democratic press that portrayed him in cartoons as a baboon. Leaders of the Democratic Party in the House and Senate spewed vitriol at the interloper, while Southerners called for resistance to federal law and succession. Families and friends split apart after angry arguments. Rebel forces fired the first shot at Fort Sumter. Sound familiar, including an attack on personnel of the federal government?
Preceding these events were many clashes between the proponents of slavery and the abolitionists; the Missouri Compromise, the Dred Scott decision, and John Brown’s raid. Although the Constitution clearly shows the efforts of our founders to limit, and one day abolish slavery, the Whigs always chose to give ground to the slave-holding Democrats and kicked the can down the road for 70 years. They were replaced by the Republicans, whose descendents have committed the same error. May they yet be replaced by the MAGA Party.
Modern day Republicans, due to their addiction to Uniparty perks, were better at the game than the hapless Whigs. They were able to kick the can down the road for 100 years, and they are as responsible for the coming bloodshed and violence of our second civil war as the Whigs were for the first. We are blessed to have President Trump as our champion at this critical time. We may yet avert widespread violence. Like Lincoln, our current President loves his county and its people, and knows what is right in the sight of God and is willing to defend it despite great sacrifice. We are blessed to have him as our champion.
I tend to agree that things are more like 1860s than 1960s. I pray that we do not repeat the horrors of the US Civil War. If the left wants a real civil war, they will not like the outcome, but please, let´s avoid that.
In ´68, I was in HS. I have friends who were National Guard and one tells of his unit being called up, issued live ammo for M14s and being put on the southern edge of the black portion of KC area, with orders to "stop them if they try to go south". He was worried, but they would have shot if needed, which I believe was a good deterrent. The black rioters largely destroyed their own neighborhoods.
I wasn´t troubled by the VC execution photo at the time, either. He richly deserved it, I appreciated the effective and decisive nature of the solution to that problem.
Thanks to those who served. You really did have supporters at home, many of us.
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